5k shares symptoms of ovarian cancer


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist DEREK RASOR

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Posted on August 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 2:22 PM

AUSTIN -- It's called the silent killer. Every year, an average 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and 70 percent of those women will die from it. However, it is treatable if caught early.

Sunday family, friends and survivors of ovarian cancer held an event to spread awareness about the symptoms at the sixth annual NOCC 5k in North Austin.

NOCC stands for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and local coordinator and cancer survivor Allison Block says this cancer is vastly misunderstood.

“For many years, ovarian cancer was called the ‘silent killer’ because people believed there were no symptoms,” said Block.

That’s why kids and adults pledged to run Sunday to raise awareness about the early warning signs.

“What we've come to learn is that there are signs, they're just very subtle -- things such as abdominal pain, feeling full very quickly, feeling the need to urinate urgently on a regular basis," said Block.

Block says if these symptoms persist for more than two weeks, “We suggest you go to your doctor and you inform them that you're feeling symptoms unlike what you normally feel."

For the first time at NOCC, the event also featured a memorial wall where families could honor the women who have lost their lives.

Participants raised more than $100,000 for ovarian cancer outreach and awareness.

For more information on the early warning signs of ovarian cancer, click here.